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Rounding up helps kids get a ‘Reality Check’

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Each time you Round Up your purchase at Goodwill over the next few months, you’ll help area middle and high school students get a “Reality Check” on what lies ahead.

During the first quarter of 2013, all Goodwill store purchases that are rounded up to the next highest dollar will result in the extra funds being donated to Goodwill’s Reality Check program.

Under the Reality Check program, middle and high school students earn a paycheck through their chosen profession and then travel through life stations, paying bills and incurring other expenses pertaining to their chosen lifestyle. The interactive event helps youth see what goes into making ends meet in the real world.

During January, customers donated $14,887 by rounding up their purchases. Each quarter a different training and employment program through Goodwill will be chosen to receive the rounded up funds.